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The Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Industry Alliance has announced its 2018 regulatory policy agenda.
The 2018 priorities are a reaffirmation of the Industry Consensus Agenda that was adopted and presented to the incoming Trump administration last year.
The Industry consensus agenda covers six legislative and regulatory policies priorities that help the HVACR industry, including: Utilizing industry consensus standards; Tax reform and incentives; Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) reform; Refrigerants and ratifying the Kigali amendment; Energy-efficient and quality HVACR installations; and Workforce development.
Congress and the Trump administration have acted upon: tax reform, tax incentives, depreciation schedules for commercial equipment, and workforce development programs.
Alliance members will continue to meet with leaders of the Trump administration, members of Congress, and regulatory agencies to discuss ensure the alliance's remaining policy goals.
“Alliance members had a tremendous impact on federal policies in 2017 because we were united and worked together where we have common policy goals,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, chairman, HVACR Industry Alliance. “The new tax reform law contains several priorities that many alliance members focused on, such as expensing of HVAC equipment for business owners, better tax rates for business owners, and reforms to the estate tax. Several alliance members also shared numerous workforce development initiatives with the Trump administration, such as the national focus on increasing the number of apprenticeship programs. We look forward to continued success as the alliance focuses on quality installation programs, refrigerant policies, and reforming the Energy Policy and Conservation Act in 2018.”